The National Library is the proud home of several annual and bi-annual lectures, where leading creative minds and writers are given a platform to explore topics and projects that are close to their heart.
Our flagship lectures are made possible by the generous support of our donors.
Kenneth Myer Lecture
The Kenneth Myer Lecture invites an eminent Australian to make a significant statement on a broad subject of interest to them.
Ann Moyal Lecture
The Ann Moyal Lecture is given by a distinguished speaker on a contemporary question that draws on such fields of knowledge as science, environment, ecology, history, anthropology, art, and technological change.
The Ann Moyal Lecture has been established with a generous bequest from the late Dr Moyal and her estate.
Seymour Biography Lecture
The Seymour Biography Lecture provides eminent life writers with an opportunity to explore the business and craft of biography, autobiography or memoir.
Ray Mathew Lecture
The Ray Mathew Lecture supports and promotes Australian writing.
Eric Rolls Memorial Lecture
The Eric Rolls Memorial Lecture highlights the work of Australia’s environmental scientists and writers.